Mr. Can Eken is a PhD candidate at Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK LAW). He is a dual-qualified attorney, a member of the State Bar of California and İstanbul Bar Association. Mr. Eken holds two LLM degrees, one from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and another from Dokuz Eylül University, where he also obtained his bachelor’s degree in law with a high honour degree. He practised law and worked as a research assistant in Turkey before commencing his PhD studies at CUHK LAW. He spent the 2019/20 academic year at Stanford University as a visiting researcher. He has successfully completed the Accelerated route to fellowship (International Arbitration) course by the CIARB and he is a member of the CIARB, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise (CIFILE), Young ICCA, ICC YAF, LCIA YIAG, and many other international forums. He has spoken in numerous conferences, lectures, and published articles on international arbitration, investment law, third-party funding, and online dispute resolution. As of January 2021, he joined the Executive Secretariat of the Asia Pacific FDI Network. In January 2021, he has also been featured by a major Turkish newspaper, Milliyet, as a successful young Turkish lawyer in Hong Kong.
His doctoral research examines third-party funding in investment arbitration and potential conflicts it creates over the arbitration proceedings. The thesis provides a comprehensive review of the literature and case law in investment arbitration related to third-party funding. The goal of this thesis is to give answers to all procedural and ethical problems created by the emerging funding regime in investment arbitration and provide a suitable guideline for its users.